Royal Shakespeare Company
Henry IV, Parts I & II

directed by Gregory Doran

29 November 2014 - 24 January 2015 / 19:15, 13:30

Henry IV, Parts I & II is performed at the Barbican, following its premiere in Stratford-upon-Avon and subsequent UK tour.

RSC Artistic Director Gregory Doran and the creative team that brought you the five star production of Richard II continue their exploration of Shakespeare’s History plays at the Barbican with Henry IV Parts I & II, an epic, comic and thrilling vision of a nation in turmoil.

RSC Associate Artist Antony Sher returns to the Company to play the infamous comic knight Falstaff. He is joined by Jasper Britton as Henry IV, Alex Hassell as Prince Hal and Paola Dionisotti as Mistress Quickly. Jasper returns following his performances in The Taming of the Shrew/The Tamer Tamed (2003). Alex returns to the RSC following his recent credits in A Midsummer Night's Dream, Cardenio and The City Madam (2011).

With his crown under threat from enemies both foreign and domestic, Henry IV prepares for war. As his father gets ready to defend his crown, Prince Hal is languishing in the taverns and brothels of London, revelling in the company of his friend, the notorious Sir John Falstaff. With the onset of war, Hal must confront his responsibilities to family and throne.

King Henry’s health is failing but he is uncertain Hal is a worthy heir. Meanwhile, Falstaff is sent to the countryside to recruit fresh troops, where he gleefully indulges in the business of lining his own pockets. As the King’s health continues to worsen, Hal must choose between duty and loyalty to an old friend in Shakespeare’s heartbreaking conclusion to this pair of plays.

Each part is 2 hours 45 mins/plus a 20-min interval

Henry IV Part I
4 Dec, 11.15am
Director's Talk with Gregory Doran

18 Dec, 1.30pm
Understudy performance

2 Jan, 7.15pm
Audio-described performance with Touch Tour (5.15-5.45pm)

14 Jan
Post-show talk
Free to same-day ticket holders

17 Jan
A Master Class on Shakespeare's Verse and Text

21 Jan, 7.15pm
Captioned performance

22 Jan
Exploring Henry IV: Staging the Wars
Workshops for schools with members of RSC

Henry IV Part II
3 Jan, 7.15pm
Audio-described performance with Touch Tour (5.15-5.45pm)

8 Jan, 1.30pm
Understudy performance

20 Jan
Post-show talk
Free to same-day ticket holders

22 Jan, 7.15pm
Captioned performance

Is This A Dagger? Props Exhibition
Open daily
A free interactive exhibition exploring the fascinating
world of theatrical props made by the RSC

6 Dec 2014 - 10 Jan 2015
Henry IV Backstage Tours

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The Royal Shakespeare Company is supported using public funding by Arts Council England


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